What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or CAT is the national level management entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools across India. Around 2 lakh MBA aspirants take the test every year. CAT is a computer based test consisting multiple choice objective type questions from Quantitative Ability, V..Read More

CAT Important Dates

Application Date
Application Date


09/Aug/2018 to 25/Sep/2018  12:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Application Correction Date
Application Correction Date


27/Sep/2018 to 30/Sep/2018  

Admit Card Date
Admit Card Date


25/Oct/2018 to 25/Nov/2018  

Exam Date
Exam Date


25/Nov/2018  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

25/Nov/2018  2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

CAT Exam Insights

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CAT Application Details

  • Candidates have to visit the official website to register by filling up personal information like name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
  • Enter the captcha and click on ‘I Agree’ check box.
  • You will receive the login credentials – Login ID and Password through SMS and Email.
  • Login to the website by clicking on ‘Existing User’ tab.
  • Fill up the form with sections like Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes.
  • Upload recent passport size photograph and signature in .jpg or .jpeg format, not exceeding 80 KB in the given dimensions, 35mm x 45mm for photograph and 80mm x 35mm for the signature.
  • NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD-DA category candidates have to upload requisite attested certificates.
  • Select the IIM and programmes for admission.
  • Select any four test cities in terms of preference.


CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category) awarded by any recognized University or institute.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate within the stipulated date.


CAT Exam Fee

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CAT Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam: Online
Exam Format: Objective
Number of Sections: Three
CAT Exam Section Number of TopicsNumber of QuestionsSection Score
Quantitative Ability
Logical Reasoning And Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension
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CAT Exam Centers

CAT exam will be held at 137 centers across the country

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CAT Counselling Details

  • Candidates are shortlisted by IIMs and other participating institutes on the basis of CAT Cutoff. Some IIMs also consider past academic performance, work experience etc.
  • The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview rounds.
  • Final selection is made on the basis of the cumulative scores of CAT, WAT/GD-PI rounds and other factors like overall candidate profile including past academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, gender and academic diversity.
  • Older IIMs and non-IIM B-schools conduct separate selection procedure in multiple locations.
  • The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where WAT-PI rounds are conducted by the selection committee of the new IIMs. IIMs declare separate shortlists and final selection list but the selection process is common.



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aditya thakare 7 hours ago

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Aditya ThakareLast Seen: 7 hours 27 min agoJoined on: 24-Jun-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above

Can I get scorecard of CAT 2013 exam now? I don't have admit card with me.

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Richa Gautam 7 hours ago

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Richa GautamLast Seen: 6 hours 46 min agoJoined on: 14-Mar-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: In Graduation
Hello,You need to login on the website www.catiim.in using your username & password and select €œResend Admit Card €?. The Admit Card will be emailed on the email address provided duri...Read More

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krishan lal 8 hours ago

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Krishan LalLast Seen: 6 hours 52 min agoJoined on: 24-Jun-2018Education Interest: MedicineEducation Level: Class 12

I score 259 in neet may I get admission in government BAMS college in Haryana (cat:-bc -a)?

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Raveesh Rattan KumarLast Seen: 5 hours 38 min agoJoined on: 08-Jan-2018Education Interest: MedicineEducation Level: In Graduation
Based on your category, you do have some chances although not much. Try for private colleges as well.
Good luck.

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SaKsHi JàïN 9 hours ago

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SaKsHi JàïNLast Seen: 9 hours 18 sec agoJoined on: 24-Jun-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: In Graduation

Is it true that many institutes including T.I.M.E recommends ARUN SHARMA's book later for clearing CAT? WHICH IS THE BEST INSTITUTE?

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Deepjyoti ChowdhuryLast Seen: 8 hours 39 min agoJoined on: 15-May-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: In Graduation
Hello dear,That may or may not be true. There are many many institutes but the best ones according to ratings are TIME and CARRIER LAUNCHER. The most imp thing while preparing for CAT is self study an...Read More

Sachin Rana 15 hours ago

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Sachin RanaLast Seen: 14 hours 36 min agoJoined on: 30-Mar-2015Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: In Graduation

Can i take admission in MBA in any B-school without appearing in MAT or CAT exams ?

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Shivani sharma 15 hours ago

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Shivani SharmaLast Seen: 7 hours 51 min agoJoined on: 08-Feb-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Dear, there can be some college who can give you admission without appearing the CAT and MAT exam but doing MBA from those colleges  will not be worth! if you do your MBA from good b-scho...Read More

Rittick Debnath 15 hours ago

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Rittick DebnathLast Seen: 12 hours 20 min agoJoined on: 30-Oct-2017Education Interest: PGP/PGDMEducation Level: In Graduation

How many questions i have to attempt to get above 90%tile in cat 2018?

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Shivani sharma 15 hours ago

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Shivani SharmaLast Seen: 7 hours 51 min agoJoined on: 08-Feb-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi Dear, its is not about how many questions you attempt so you will get 90%ile it is about how many answers are correct there is negative marking in CAT so be aware about your answers and for ge...Read More